Definition of technology in US English:



  • 1The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.

    ‘advances in computer technology’
    ‘recycling technologies’
    • ‘He also looked at how our expectations of what the new technologies would do for our lives had been frustrated.’
    • ‘The lead times for developing new technologies in the nuclear industry are very long.’
    • ‘Shell is investing in renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind power and wave power.’
    • ‘What are the latest technologies that are ready for sale or which you are already selling?’
    • ‘The story of the transformation in physical technologies comes in two quite distinct stages.’
    • ‘Together, these technologies are set to revolutionise the way we watch and record television.’
    • ‘The first has led to nuclear technologies, while the second has opened the way to biotechnology.’
    • ‘However, the realities of these technologies have lagged behind the promises.’
    • ‘It will need better burning technologies, cleaner traffic and more sustainable energy.’
    • ‘The momentum of this present economy derives from the speed of its underpinning technologies.’
    • ‘These new technologies can be useful, if we apply them to practical problems.’
    • ‘New technologies in medicine are crucial and will have an enormous impact.’
    • ‘In so doing the technologies had to be designed and adapted for the different settings.’
    • ‘The human response to these technologies was a myriad of attempts to capitalize on them for good and for profit.’
    • ‘This creates the incentives for people to shift to cleaner technologies and fuels.’
    • ‘As with all new technologies, costs are expected to fall as the products become more ubiquitous.’
    • ‘How do we use technologies to extend ourselves rather than avoid ourselves?’
    • ‘This is not propitious for making the most of our exciting new technologies.’
    • ‘Thirdly, there is a need for serious investment in research into new energy technologies.’
    • ‘How do we define and protect public values when we are only just beginning to see mass public use of these technologies?’
    1. 1.1 Machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.
      • ‘And who do we trust with both the development of that technology and the means to deploy it?’
      • ‘People often have the technology at their disposal, maybe even without realising it.’
      • ‘The question of the success or failure of any given technology is never actually a matter of machines alone.’
      • ‘The Royal Navy was closely involved in the early development of wireless technology.’
      • ‘In my previous job, I developed a series of experiments using mobile technology.’
      • ‘Our technology doesn't give developers a fix for problems but it does speed root cause analysis.’
      • ‘The cutting edge technology has been developed by the force's Scientific Support Unit.’
      • ‘In the modern world, wars are won by the side with the most money and the best technology.’
      • ‘This is precisely what new technology has allowed the developed world to do.’
      • ‘The equipment used then seems primitive compared to the technology at his disposal now.’
      • ‘This is a newly developed technology so the parameters remain to be explored.’
      • ‘If this technology is being developed, then just who is funding these operations.’
      • ‘Many of the stores say that limiting fraud is their main goal with the new technology.’
      • ‘It has developed technology to determine whether or not someone is lying by listening to their voice.’
      • ‘The technology was developed in Austria and it proved to be a big hit in the Viennese capital.’
      equipment, apparatus, hardware, plant, mechanism, gear, tackle, instruments, tools, gadgetry
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    2. 1.2 The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
      • ‘It is also hoped that such access will encourage an interest in science and technology.’
      • ‘These are just a few of the things historians do when they study the past of science, technology and medicine.’
      • ‘The government has set out its plans to use science and technology to tackle crime and terrorism.’
      • ‘It shows that in the field of architecture, technology and engineering are shaping the future.’
      • ‘Members of the public will often express caution about the advantages of new science and technology.’
      • ‘We want to control any risk there might be while still getting the benefits of science and technology.’
      • ‘Its use should not be limited to courses in the history of science or technology.’
      • ‘One of the results is an increasing awareness of the difference between science and technology.’
      • ‘Ensure that art, design and technology are developed so pupils can do well in these subjects.’
      • ‘The rapid development of technology has been likened to the coming of the railways for opening up the world.’
      • ‘In fact, however, historians of technology and engineering usually reject this view.’
      • ‘How can we use science and technology to help create the world that we want to live in?’
      • ‘Europe is facing a crisis in science and technology according to two new reports.’
      • ‘It will also set targets for raising skills and qualifications in science and technology.’
      • ‘Experts from the field of science and technology as well as listeners were asked for their nominations.’
      • ‘This show aims to broaden our appreciation of the artist's work in the fields of science and technology.’
      • ‘Humanity faces a global crisis in the governance of knowledge, technology and culture.’
      • ‘A shorthand view might have it that technology is extrinsic and science intrinsic to the food we eat.’
      • ‘The money will be spent over the next four years on technology, science and mathematics.’
      • ‘Science and technology has been responsible for large numbers of new blends.’


Early 17th century: from Greek tekhnologia ‘systematic treatment’, from tekhnē ‘art, craft’ + -logia (see -logy).